August is here and the stores are putting out flyers for “Back to School” items! Summer seems too short. The weather is not sure what to do either. One night it is hot and on comes the fan. The next night, there is a search of a light blanket for the bed that was just put away a few weeks ago. I really like fall weather, but not quite this soon!
My brother, Steve McLain, was at the house this past weekend. He was pleased to see that I have started the process for making the old fashioned sour pickles that everyone loves. He usually gives me some of the small cucumbers that he gets from his garden.
Lise McLain attended a baby shower for Paige Crockett at the Alliance Church this past weekend. Jarrod and Paige and their son Teddy will have an addition to their family sometime in October.
Tonight, Thursday, Aug. 1, SAD 44 Adult Education will hold graduation ceremonies for the friends and families of this year’s graduates. There will be a get together after the ceremony for the families to enjoy cake and ice cream.
Mary Tyler spent this past week in Fort Kent doing some genealogical research and sent the following write up for the column.
Trip to Fort Kent
My trip up to Fort Kent went better than expected. My niece, Brenda Bergeron and her daughter, Christie, went with me. We had a beautiful drive up and met some wonderful people on the way. While stopped at the Mt. Katahdin scenic stop, we met Henry Lunn and his daughter Tamara Konczal, who were on a historical journey. My journey was for genealogical reasons. After a visit with them for about 45 minutes, we traveled on to Fort Kent without any more surprises.
Monday we rested for the better part of the day. I had made reservations to see Macbeth at the summer theater at the University of Maine. So we went to locate Fox Auditorium and get the tickets. That was the highlight of the day. Tuesday we visited the Catholic Church to do research there. Next we went to the Fort Kent Historical Society and the Acadian Archives. We did research in both places. The Fort Kent Historical Society told us about a mixer that they were having on Friday. Wednesday we laid low for most of the morning, and in the afternoon finished researching the Acadian Archives. On Thursday we visited the Fort Kent monument, which is the original fort from the Aroostook War. We then ventured into St. Francis to cemetery hop. We toured four cemeteries out of five. Afterward we got ready to go see Macbeth. For a small community they did a good job adapting a three hour play to one and half hours.
That left Friday to finish up anything that we didn't do the rest of the week, which meant another trip to St. Francis to find the last cemetery. We stopped at the town office to put a face with a name, as I had called the week before to tell them I was coming up. We did find the cemetery and met more nice people. We were told to look up Carol Pelletier at the St. Francis Historical Society. As we toured the cemetery, she came over (her house was next door) and introduced herself. She invited us in and we talked for several minutes. We followed her to the St. Francis Historical Society and toured there. She told us about events that were taking place up there over the weekend in the Allagash. That night we went to the mixer at the Fort Kent Historical Society.
Saturday, we traveled home. The return trip was very uneventful compared to the rest of the week. We didn't make it into Canada, but we're saving that for another trip. I am already making plans to make a return trip.
I have to say the people were very friendly and helpful. Fort Kent, though small, has a lot of history. The beautiful scenery makes the trip worthwhile if one can make the trip. I can recommend the Northern Door Inn as a great place to stay. The people who work there are very friendly and helpful. We found a great restaurant, The Swamp Buck, to eat at. We wish we could have tried the food there at the beginning of the week. Overall, the three of us had a terrific working vacation.
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